Tourism after Coronavirus in Croatia & Slovenia

In October 2020, the epidemiological situation regarding Coronavirus in Slovenia continues unfavorable, but stable and little by little life is normalizing. But what will tourism be like in Slovenia, once the restrictions are over? According to the UNWTO predictions, we will travel for various reasons, including to support tourism. The situation with the Coronavirus in Croatia is also under control and the country is already reopening.

This blog is updated regularly to cover anything new related to the virus and traveling around these countries (ristrictions, current situation, does and don’ts…). Further down you can read why these countries are your safest option for traveling after coronavirus and what can you expect in the near future of traveling.

Travel to Slovenia, Croatia and the Balkans

 

Coronavirus in Croatia & Slovenia

 

Current situation with Covid-19 in Slovenia and Coronavirus in Croatia

CURRENT SITUATION WITH CORONAVIRUS IN SLOVENIA (13.10.2020):

  • Slovenia was the first European country to declare the end of the Covid-19 pandemic on 15th May 2020 after there were no new cases for several days. So oficially Slovenia is out of the pandemic since 1st June 2020. However, in Slovenia, as in other countries, we continue with many restrictions to continue controlling the situation.
  • The social distance is minimum 1,5m, but in many places 2m is required.
  • Masks are obligatory in closed spaces and public transportation. Although, it is recommended to use masks wherever the minimum social distance cannot be  respected.
  • As of 13 September, quarantine in Slovenia only lasts 10 days.
  • Slovenia, for now, still has some border restrictions to keep the pandemic under control while ensuring everyone’s safety. As from 29.09.2020, there is no quarantine obligation for anyone entering the country. There is a list of countries that can enter Slovenia without any restrictions and others with different levels of restrictions (green, yellow and red list of countries). The passengers from yellow and red countries need to  Lists are updated regularly, at least every 14 days, having in mind the epidemiological situation of every country, so be careful and check before you go. People with permanent or temporary residence in a country that has been added to the green list, and arriving from such countries, can enter Slovenia without restrictions or quarantine. It shall also be considered that a person is arriving from a country on a green list if they stayed in that country continuously for 14 days before entering Slovenia, which can be proven with a proper certificate. People arriving to the Republic of Slovenia from a EU member state or member of the Schengen Area that has been included on the orange list can enter Slovenia without restrictions or quarantine.
  • People entering the Republic of Slovenia, who are a resident of a country on the orange list or who arrive from that country, shall be due to the potential infection with SARS-CoV-2 virus required to stay in quarantine for a period of ten days.
    This quarantine shall not be ordered if a person, when crossing the border, submits a medical certificate proving that they have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), which is not older than 48 hours and was performed in a EU member state, in a member of the Schengen Area or in Slovenia. 
  • So, if you want to visit Slovenia or some other Balkan country contact us at info@ekorna.net. If you travel with us you can be sure that, being a local travel agency, we will help you organize everything and book the trip that will allow you to arrive and immediately start enjoying your holidays.

In Slovenia on 13.10.2020 there were 9.231 confirmed cases of COVID-19:

  • New cases confirmed in the last 24 hours: 398
  • Number of deaths in the last 24 hours: 4
  • Total confirmed cases: 9.231
  • Total number of deaths: 173

CURRENT SITUATION WITH CORONAVIRUS IN CROATIA (13.10.2020):

  • In Croatia the situation with the Covid-19 is under control. From 11th May 2020 bars, restaurants, national parks and natural and cultural tourist attractions were opened.
  • Masks are obligatory throughout the country in public transportation, medical facilities, shops, malls and every other public place where face to face contact is required between employees and clients such as banks, post office, ministry counters, public notary, currency exchange, services that require close contact (hairdressers, salons, etc.).
  • Similar to Slovenia there are still some restrictions to enter Croatia. There is a list of countries that doesn’t have any limitations to enter, but for the majority of the countries it is valid that pre-booked tourist trips are possible without having to quarantine – one has to register, leave personal information and contact before entering though: https://entercroatia.mup.hr/ before entering Croatia. 
  • All EU/EEA citizens and EU/EEA permanent and other residents (EU 27 + UK + Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, as well as Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican), as well as members of their families (with documents proving their kinship), can freely enter Croatia, without any restrictions. Currently, Croatia does not require any COVID-19 test, and there is no quarantine/self-isolation requirement if you are a citizen or resident of an EU/EEA country.
  • All other foreign, third-country nationals, including the USA and Canada nationals, are allowed to enter Croatia for tourism, business, education or for urgent personal reasons but they must prove their reason for entering the Republic of Croatia upon arriving at the border crossing point and are subject to new health conditions issued on July 10th.
    • A quarantine/self-isolation measure with health supervision for 14 days has been determined for these persons, with the possibility of shortening its duration to 7 days, if a person gets their nose and throat swabbed at their own expense seven days after entering Croatia and receives a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2.
      These persons are not subject to a quarantine/self-isolation measure if they present a negative PCR result of a nasal and throat swab for SARS-Cov-2 at the border crossing point, which is not older than 48 hours (counting from the time of taking the swab to arrive at the border crossing point).
      If third-country nationals have a test older than 48 hours when entering Croatia, they will be allowed to enter Croatia, however, they will be obligated to self-isolate and re-test themselves in Croatia at their own expense. The above can be applied to passengers and crew members on yachts.
      Persons who do not present a negative PCR result are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine/self-isolation measure.
  • So if you want to visit Croatia or some other Balkan country contact us at info@ekorna.net. If you travel with us you can be sure that, being a local travel agency, we will help you organize everything and book the trip that will allow you to arrive and immediately start enjoying your holidays.
  • Hotels were never closed by state decree, they were closed due to lack of visits and other sanitary restrictions. At the moment the majority of the hotels and campsites if open normally.

In Croatia on 13.10.2020 there were 20.993 confirmed cases of COVID-19:

  • New cases confirmed in the last 24 hours: 372
  • Number of deaths in the last 24 hours: 3
  • Total confirmed cases: 20.993
  • Total number of deaths: 330

So, with some restrictions it is already possible to travel to Slovenia or visit Croatia. You can already enjoy a hike in the Julian Alps or scuba dive in the Adriatic, in one of the Dalmatian islands. Or try the latest luxurious trend – slow travel.

Little by little we are returning to a “normal life” that will never be the same again and what awaits us is a different normality from the one we already know. With joy, happiness, hope and fear.

These are our promises:

Slovenia, Croatia and other Balkan countries have a pandemic under control. These are tourist countries but a little bit off the beaten path and with many deserted but beautiful places.

As a local agency we are closely monitoring the situation and we will react immediately if anything changes, taking care of your safety during the trip.

We offer tailor-made private trips that allow you to travel alone with a personal guide and you can stay away from other people.

The cheapest option, however, is traveling in small groups that are more economical than private trips. We offer group tours but with the possibility of adapting to the current situation.

You are not comfortable traveling to very touristy places right now? It is ok, us neither…

We offer unique and special programs that will take you out of the typical European destinations. Get to know the pearls of the Balkans that offer everything – nature, history, sea, mountains and great food.

If you don’t yet want to start traveling, don’t worry. We have many dates and programs until the end of the year. Both privately and in escorted small groups.

Travel in the summer on a private cruise, travel in October to see the vineyards, or in December to enjoy the Christmas markets. We already have dates for 2021 too.

We will organize everything. Transportation, hotels, the guide (possible in many different languages), visits… Your safety and well-being are the most important thing for us.

We will find healthier, safer, more photogenic and the most interesting places so that your trip of this chaotic year will be nothing less than perfect.

Don’t let panic win. Don’t let it transform your life.

The Balkans is one of the destinations with the fewest infections and we will take care that you stay safe because we want you to keep traveling with us for many more years to come.


Obviously, many people are facing it with fear, but respecting the measures and with a little care everything will turn out well. And, the trips will also return. We all know that tourism is one of the most affected sectors and that it will take a long time to recover. However, as several experts already say: “Humanity will not stop traveling, but it will modify its consumption behaviors. Fear paralyzes and isolates, but there is also a powerful awareness of freedom that drives us to defy any obstacle to exercise it. ” (Durrieu, M., Santos, G.)

Here we share the reasons why we will travel in the future (according to OMT):

  • For the solidarity that we are witnessing around the world.
  • To learn about different cultures and return home enriched.
  • To support tourism-related employment as a sector that reaches all levels of society.
  • To drive development and promote sustainability.
  • For the opportunities that the discovery of the world around us will bring.

 

Coronavirus in Croatia & Slovenia

 

Tourism after the Coronavirus in Croatia and Slovenia

The future of tourism in Slovenia and Croatia faces several challenges and leaves us, tourism agents, to think too:

  • Could it be that we can still travel in 2020?
  • Will Slovenia, Croatia and the other countries open the borders?
  • Could our clients be able to travel?
  • What kind of trips will our clients look for?
  • How will we guarantee hygiene and safety?

First, it is important that the agency takes care of all measures to ensure safety and comply with sanitary regulations. At the EKORNA travel agency, we will follow all the rules that will be established, we will take care of guaranteeing the masks and disinfectants so that our passengers feel comfortable and safe. We will guarantee the required space between passengers, traveling in buses or vans and we will take into account the other requests of those who want to travel to Croatia or Slovenia.

Also, we are already thinking about the types of trips we can offer. We are in the middle of travel reframing season, so passengers who have not yet resolved the situation of their trip through Slovenia or Croatia and the other Balkan countries, are recommended to contact the agents to solve it as soon as possible. The same for those who believe that their 2020 vacation in the Balkans may be complicated, although they still do not know it.

 

Romantic holidays after Coronavirus

 

What will the trips to Slovenia and Croatia be like?

It is assumed that domestic tourism will be reactivated first and hopefully in 2020, also regional and international tourism. Slovenia and Croatia are among the countries that are best fighting the situation with Covid-19 and we believe that this will continue. This suggests that Slovenia and Croatia will be among the safest countries to travel in 2020 yet.

Being a country where it can get quite cold, Slovenia is not usually a winter destination, but it can be. Traveling to Slovenia in winter is quite a different experience. Many, in their lives, have experienced the cold that they will be able to experience in Slovenia in December or January. The months of December, January and February are considered low season and traveling around Slovenia in low season can also be cheaper. Another of the conveniences to visit Slovenia in the colder months.

Croatia, on the other hand, tends to have a milder climate, but don’t trust it, it can also snow in Dubrovnik 🙂 But, like any other country, Croatia in winter is also full of charms. For example, its capital, Zagreb, was chosen several times as the city with the best Christmas market in Europe.

 

What types of trips will EKORNA offer after the Coronavirus in Croatia and Coronavirus in Slovenia?

We imagine that there will still be people opting for classic group tours (guaranteed departures), as well as traveling in smaller groups, so that there is more distance between passengers on buses, which will be one of the priorities of EKORNA Travel.

On the other hand, there may be more travelers opting for private travel, looking for additional value: gastronomy trips, transformational trips, luxury trips…

In the future, different types of travel could become popular: private trips, with additional value. Among them, supposedly dual trips, in which two different destinations will be combined into a single trip – nothing better than a trip through Slovenia and Croatia or a visit to Croatia and Montenegro. Or, visit a unique country where you would spend part of the trip in a mountainous location, before moving to a seaside location. Again, Slovenia is a perfect destination for it.

 

Travel will return after Coronavirus in Croatia & Coronavirus in Slovenia

 

More and more travellers are looking to reduce the impact of their visits and that is why more and more are looking for under-sold cities and destinations: the Balkans are just that. A paradise, still not often visited, with relatively good infrastructure for travelling by car in peace.

Until now we have struggled with the lack of time to make long routes and we believe that this situation will continue. For this reason, short trips of several days will be important. Slovenia is a perfect country to take a 5 day trip or a 3 day getaway.

On the other hand, more importance will be given to travelling without hurrying. Do less and enjoy more time, instead of running to visit as much as possible. Leave something to visit at another time. Longer trips will be sought with itineraries focused on places of tranquility. Travelling through Slovenia and Croatia calmly, you can relax and when you return, you don’t need a vacation from a vacation, as often happens.

 

Visit Croatia & Slovenia this summer

 

You’ll find it all after Covid-19 in Slovenia

It is assumed that the hotels that have lost in recent years, against Airbnb accommodations and other cheaper types, will be searched again, as passengers will seek more security, hygiene guarantees and possibilities of responses in emergencies. Slovenia is not considered one of the massive places like Paris, London, Madrid and will surely enter the list of who wants to travel to the less frequented places, as well as the other Balkan countries.

Everything indicates that we are going towards a more sustainable tourism: with more ecological transport and mobility; less crowded accommodation and closer to the natural environment. Nothing better than Slovenia to visit it; you can enjoy in everything above.

We have all been surprised by the Covid-19 pandemic and the consequences go far beyond our imaginations. The world has stopped and is slowly recovering, but the road will be long. We have learned that tourism is going to be the most affected, however, the improvement in the general situation allows us to think positively about tourism as well.

The Coronavirus in Slovenia is already leading us to mount new types of trips: in smaller groups, without running to see the places. Slovenia is one of the countries that is best controlling the situation and being less visited in general, surely it will be among the first destinations to visit once it is possible to travel. The same will happen with Croatia. The situation of the Coronavirus in Croatia is under control and you can already imagine the places you would visit, so that when you can really do it, nothing escapes you. At EKORNA Travel you will find more ideas and all the assistance you need.

Contact us for more information, we are here for you.

info@ekorna.net

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